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ERIC Number: EJ906680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Using Scratch: An Integrated Problem-Solving Approach to Mathematical Thinking
Calder, Nigel
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v15 n4 p9-14 2010
"Scratch" is a media-rich digital environment that utilises a building block command structure to manipulate graphic, audio, and video aspects. It incorporates elements of Logo including "tinkerability" in the programming process. In "Scratch" students use geometric and measurement concepts such as coordinates, angle, and length measurements. It facilitates creative problem solving and logical reasoning, and encourages collaboration. In this article, the author describes how "Scratch" can be used to design games to develop mathematical concepts. He examines the ways mathematical thinking emerges when children work with "Scratch," an interactive, programming language. He describes how a class of Year 6 students used "Scratch" to design an activity for their Year 1 "buddy" class and considers how this facilitated an authentic problem-solving process. The ways their mathematical thinking emerged through this process are outlined, along with further suggestions for using "Scratch" in classroom situations. (Contains 4 figures.)
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide 5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 6
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A